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Humane Society Seizes Animals from Jenny's Market Near Dexter

Eight animals were removed from the farm in Webster Township under suspicion of cruelty Thursday.

Editor's note: This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley seized eight animals from on Thursday.

According to Ann Arbor.com, horses, donkeys and goats in varying states of neglect, were removed from the farm, located at 8366 Island Lake Road.

Humane Society investigator Matt Schaecher told the newspaper that investigators are working on a report with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office for possible cruelty charges.

Farm owner Burton Hoey said that investigators took two horses, four donkeys and two goats from the property but left 14 other animals.

"What I can't understand is why there wasn't a warning or why didn't they provide advice on how to care for the animals before they were seized?" Hoey told Patch.com. "Normally if the Humane Society thinks you are doing something wrong, they cite the problem and give you time to correct it."

One of the horses he said was suffering from the heaves, a chronic lung condition similar to asthma in humans.

"My veternarian looked at the horse and felt there was nothing he could do to solve the problem, but he didn't recommend getting rid of it because he thought the condition could clear up on its own," Hoey explained.

Hoey said the horse is used at an Amish farm in Ohio during parts of the year and when it returned to Dexter this summer, it already had the heaves.

The other seized horse had an abscess on its hoof that Hoey said had already begun to heal. Hoey said the Humane Society removed the donkeys because the hooves needed trimming, which he said is performed regularly by his farm workers.

"You can't trim the hooves too much at one time or they will bleed," he said.

Hoey said investigators thought the goats, which he purchased from another owner, were underweight, despite being fed along with the other animals.

Hoey said this isn't the first time his farm has been targeted by the Humane Society.

"People call because they see a horse standing out in the rain. Never once have I received a violation for animal cruelty," he said.

Hoey said he's unsure if he will get his animals back, but will continue to operate the farm as usual.

"I think it was an misunderstanding. The Humane Society wasn't interested in anything other than removing the animals and making a scene out of it. We could have discussed how to work out the problem without removing the horses," he said.

Steven Lai September 07, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This person runs a farm but doesn't know how to take care of farm animals? Quote : "What I can't understand is why there wasn't a warning or why didn't they provide advice on how to care for the animals before they were seized?" Ignorance is not a defense.
Elaine Owsley September 08, 2012 at 11:50 AM
The Humane Society has been warning and advising Burton Hoey for years. People who witness the animal's condition have reported to HVHC time and time again. For him to say "why didn't they warn me or advise me" is laughable.
C. Luallen September 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
We decided a few years back to stop frequenting Jenny's because a friend and her son witnessed him kicking his dog (which was restrained on a leash). After a bit of research, we also learned that he had several complaints filed against him with the Humane Society. As a community we need to send Mr. Hoey a message by spending our money at other local fruit/vegetable stands. And donuts? How about our own local cider mill that has served our community proud for 100+ years.
Cassia October 20, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Hoey hired a friend of mine a little more than a year ago and inappropriate equipment resulted in her becoming permanently peralized. Mary Armbruster is currently filing a law suit to cover the medical bills. This needs to stop.
virginia m dyke April 07, 2013 at 02:32 AM
This man is a walking disaster and very underhanded....he seems to get away with acts of neglect and dangeous equipment resulting in an injury to a worker...The hay tunnel he puts up at Halloween is a disaster waiting to happen. I cant understand why parents take their tots there! Virginia

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